UPDATE @ 6:19 p.m.: Former Miamisburg teacher Jessica Langford "sought out" and had sex with a middle school student last year when she taught there, a prosecutor said.
But Langford's attorney said his client isn't guilty of the six sex charges filed against her and said the alleged victim repeatedly said the incident never occurred.
Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Bryan Moore said the 14-year-old student hid in Langford's classroom last May 23, the day he said the teen and Langford, 32, had oral sex and intercourse there.
"Jessica Langford sought him out," Moore told the jury during opening statements on the first day of Langford's trial.
Moore referred to the boy as an "athletic stud.... The guy that every guy wanted to be."
Miamisburg Middle School Principal Kelly Thomas said she was told by another teacher that the student and Langford walked into the school building together early that day and Thomas then went to Langford's classroom.
Thomas said she saw the lights out and found the door locked.
Thomas said she turned the knob and Langford opened it seconds later. Thomas testified that she asked Langford where the student was and the defendant said she did not know.
Thomas said a surveillance video she watched later that day showed the student did not exit Langford's classroom until after Langford returned to it.
"He came out of the classroom after she came back to the classroom," said Thomas, the third MMS staff member to testify Tuesday.
Defense attorney Lawrence Greger said the teen told several people he never had sex with Langford.
"It never happened," Greger told the jury the teen told his girlfriend.
"I didn't do……anything with her," Greger said the teen told his girlfriend. The alleged victim told Thomas and other administrators he and Langford did not have sex.
UPDATE @ 3:33 p.m.:
Opening statements were held this afternoon in the trial for Jessica Langford, the former Miamisburg teacher accused of having sex with a student.
Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that Langford sought the 8th grade student out and had sex with the student.
The defense attorney for Langford said the victim in the case denied having sex with Langford.
Langford’s lawyer also said the student told administrators and the student’s father that all he did was “stack chairs” in her classroom.
Prosecutors said they will be sharing school surveillance video that with show an 8th grade male student inside Langford’s locked classroom.
Two Miamisburg teachers have also testified so far this afternoon.
UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.:
More than 70 potential jurors showed up for the trial of Langford.
Jury selection began around 9:30 a.m. and is expected to run through the morning - and possibly part of the afternoon.
The number of minors testifying against Langford may grow.
The prosecution last week added another juvenile to its witness list, court records show.
The state's witness list now includes three minors. Two of those are among the four listed on the defense's witness list.
INITIAL REPORT (April 10)
The trial of a former Miamisburg teacher accused of sex charges involving a middle school student is scheduled to start this morning.
Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville was indicted in November on three counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, whom county Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. described as a 14-year-old.
The former Miamisburg Middle School teacher, a nine-year veteran with the district, pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been free on her own recognizance.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell said an additional pool of prospective jurors will be called.
Among the 11 listed as defense witnesses are four minors identified in court documents by initials only. Two of those minors are also on the prosecution’s witness list.
Langford is accused of having oral sex and intercourse with a student at the school in Miami Twp., according to court documents filed in December.
Those documents state she twice performed oral sex, twice received oral sex, and twice had intercourse with the teen “on or about May 23” of 2017.
That date, during the last week of classes for the school year, is one day before school district officials said she resigned after being confronted with allegations involving inappropriate conduct with a student and placed on administrative leave.
The Miami Twp. Police Department investigated the issue. No charges were filed in the case until November.
Langford was hired as a student teacher in the Miamisburg district in 2006 and served in a similar capacity in Dayton Public Schools, records show.
Miamisburg City Schools records obtained by this news organization show Langford had a solid tenure of nearly nine years in the district. She was hired full time in August 2008, serving at three schools while receiving good evaluations, records show.
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